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Air Dome Theater, Ellsworth, Kansas

Air Dome Theater, Ellsworth, Kansas
Creator: Lewis Photograph
Date: 1915
This black and white photograph shows three men and a boy in front of the Air Dome Theater in Ellsworth, Kansas. One man has a foghorn. Signs of the side of the structure indicate the theater shows "polite vaudeville and moving pictures" and it is "catering to ladies and childres." Tickets are ten and twenty cents but only five cents for children under 8 years of age.


A memory of old Fort Harker

A memory of old Fort Harker
Creator: The Club Member
Date: February 1908
This reminiscence by Mrs. Henry Inman, published in The Club Member, describes her experiences as a Kansas pioneer. She moved to Fort Harker in January 1868 after a difficult journey in severe winter weather. She details various aspects of frontier life, including the U.S. military's conflicts with Native Americans and the daily struggle for survival. She also mentions how she met "Mother" Bickerdyke, and that her husband served in the Seventh Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer.


Buffalo chips or Kansas coal, Ellsworth County, Kansas

Buffalo chips or Kansas coal, Ellsworth County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This black and white photograph shows a pile of buffalo chips in Ellsworth County, Kansas. The text reads "Buffalo Chips or Kansas Coal." Buffalo chips were a convenient and plentiful source of fuel on the Great Plains.


Bull train crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.

Bull train crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows a bull train and cattle crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. Visible in the photograph is a covered wagon. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Businesses in Ellsworth, Kansas

Businesses in Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a photograph showing businesses on the northeast corner of First and Douglas in Ellsworth, Kansas. Parked in front of the businesses is a horse drawn wagon.


Cattle fording the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.

Cattle fording the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. On the old Santa Fe crossing 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
THis stereograph shows cattle crossing the Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth, Kansas. Visible in the stereograph is a covered wagon. The image is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Chauncey Belden Whitney

Chauncey Belden Whitney
Date: Between 1868 and 1873
A portrait of Chauncey Belden Whitney, an early Ellsworth County settler and law enforcement officer. He served as Ellsworth County Sheriff 1871-1873; Under Sheriff, 1870; Ellsworth Township Constable, 1867-1873; and Ellsworth Marshall 1871-1872. On August 15, 1873, Whitney was killed in the line of duty by Bill Thompson. In addition to his law enforcement duties, Chauncey Whitney served as a civilian scout during the Indian Wars and was involved in the Battle of Beecher's Island. In July, 1869, he was a first lieutenant of Company A, Second battalion, Kansas State Militia, and provided settlers' protection against hostile Indians.


Correctional facilities in Kansas

Correctional facilities in Kansas
Date: Between 1990 and 1999
Six photographs showing correctional facilities in Kansas. Named are the El Dorado Correctional Facility and the Toronto Correctional Work Facility.


Cynthia Tilson Conklin Rogers

Cynthia Tilson Conklin Rogers
Date: 1968
A photograph of Cynthia Tilson at the Ellsworth County extension office. Cynthia applied and was accepted into the Kansas extension's summer training program. She worked with 4-H groups and other youth as a junior assistant county extension home economist. After the completing the training program, she returned to Washburn University where she was pursuing a degree in home economics education.


Czech eggs

Czech eggs
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society. Library and Archives Division
Date: Between 1987 and 1988
View of several Czech eggs decorated by artist Kepka Belton of Ellsworth, Kansas. Belton has become known all over the country as "the egg lady." People write to her from every state, wanting recipes, eggs, designs, and information about their Czech heritage. She teaches egg painting and traditional Czech design in the local schools and has taught young artists in the Kansas Folk Apprenticeship Program. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest and at the Festival of American Folklife at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Czech eggs

Czech eggs
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society. Library and Archives Division
Date: August, 1987
View of several Czech eggs decorated by artist Kepka Belton of Ellsworth, Kansas. Belton has become known all over the country as "the egg lady." People write to her from every state, wanting recipes, eggs, designs, and information about their Czech heritage. She teaches egg painting and traditional Czech design in the local schools and has taught young artists in the Kansas Folk Apprenticeship Program. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest and at the Festival of American Folklife at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Depot, Ellsworth Kansas. 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.

Depot, Ellsworth Kansas. 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows the depot at Ellsworth, Kansas. Visible in the stereograph are people standing on the depot platform and on the ground. There is a horse drawn carriage next to the depot and covered wagons in the background. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Drovers Cottage, Ellsworth, Kansas

Drovers Cottage, Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1872
A photograph showing people standing and sitting in front of Drovers Cottage, Ellsworth, Kansas. Drovers Cottage, which was originally built in Abilene, Kansas, was moved to Ellsworth as increased settlement and sentiment against the rowdy cowboys forced the trail drivers to move to other shipping points. By 1872, many Abilene businesses had followed the cattle and railroad west to Ellsworth.


Dryden planter

Dryden planter
Creator: Dryden Pottery
Date: between 1946 and 1956
This pale green ceramic planter with a raised triple leaf design on front and back and a drainage hole in bottom was made by Dryden Pottery in Ellsworth, Kansas between 1946 and 1956. Founded by A. James (Jim) Dryden in 1946, the pottery made ceramics that were considered art pottery, as well as advertising materials and souvenirs. Dryden remained in Ellsworth until 1956, at which time the company moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, due to a lack of tourism in Ellsworth.


Dryden vase

Dryden vase
Creator: Dryden Pottery
Date: between 1946 and 1956
This rose-colored vase was made by Dryden Pottery in Ellsworth, Kansas between 1946 and 1956. Founded by A. James (Jim) Dryden in 1946, the pottery made ceramics that were considered art pottery, as well as advertising materials and souvenirs. Dryden remained in Ellsworth until 1956, at which time the company moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, due to a lack of tourism in Ellsworth.


Ellsworth Auditorium at the Mother Bickerdyke Home, Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth Auditorium at the Mother Bickerdyke Home, Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1889 and 1890
A photograph of the Ellsworth Auditorium being constructed at the Mother Bickerdyke Home in Ellsworth, Kansas.


Ellsworth Children's Rhythm Band, Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth Children's Rhythm Band, Ellsworth, Kansas
A view of the members of the Ellsworth Childrens Rhythm Band of Ellsworth, Kansas. Their costumes consist of hats and capes, while the leader, near the center of the photograph, is wearing a top hat, bow tie, and black jacket. Band members are holding percussion instruments such as drums and tambourines.


Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth, Kansas
Creator: Brown, E. C.
Date: 1885
A birds-eye view of Ellsworth, Kansas, taken from the northwest. In the upper left corner is a portrait of Elwood A. Bower who owned and operated a book and stationery store in Ellsworth from 1885 to 1890.


Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: 1879
This black and white photograph shows a view of Ellsworth, Kansas. The town is located on the north side of the Smoky Hill River and is the county seat of Ellsworth County.


Ellsworth, Kansas. 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.

Ellsworth, Kansas. 508 miles west of St. Louis, Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This stereograph shows Ellsworth, Kansas, from a distance. It is from Alexander Gardner's series, Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.


Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands

Emigrants' guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway lands
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: April 1871
A railroad company advertisement to emigrants promising cheap, abundant and good land for agricultural purposes.


F. J. Huseman to Governor Henry Allen

F. J. Huseman to Governor Henry Allen
Creator: Ellsworth County Farmers Union
Date: January 10, 1920
F.J. Huseman, president of the Ellsworth County Farmers Union sends a resolution from union members opposing the Industrial Court legislation. The legislation would have a tribunal decide on labor problems between employers and their employees.


Firemen in Ellsworth, Kansas

Firemen in Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
This is a photograph showing firemen with a piece of horse-drawn fire equipment in downtown Ellsworth, Kansas.


First Street and Douglas Avenue in Ellsworth, Kansas

First Street and Douglas Avenue in Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: 1900
A postcard showing First Street and Doulgas Avenue looking northwest in Ellsworth, Kansas.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Mother Bickerdyke Home

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Mother Bickerdyke Home
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Mother Bickerdyke Home. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to affidavites, sexual harrasment and administration. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


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